PRS Foundation announce new chief executive

UK charity and funder of new music and talent development, PRS Foundation, has announced Joe Frankland as the organisation’s new chief executive.

Frankland takes over the role from Vanessa Reed, who revealed in April that she was taking on a new position as president and CEO of New Music USA after 11 years working as CEO for PRS Foundation. Frankland will officially take up the job in July.

Frankland commented: “I am incredibly excited and honoured to have been offered the role of PRS Foundation chief executive. I am proud to work with such an enthusiastic team and board…Our support of talent from all backgrounds is vital and in the coming years we will build upon Vanessa Reed’s amazing achievements, with a proactive and accessible approach to ensure maximum reach and impact.”

Frankland joined the charity in 2014 as industry fund manager to run flagship schemes including the Momentum Music Fund and the International Showcase Fund, which gives grants of up to GBP15,000 (€16,500) to UK based artists. In 2015 he moved into his current role as senior grants and programmes manager, where he has been leading the Foundation’s grants team to plan and manage grant making and partnership programmes. Frankland has also previously worked at Generator, developing talent and helping to break artists and establish their careers.

PRS Foundation chair and managing director of Bucks Music Group, Simon Platz, said: “Joe’s years of experience delivering targeted support and developing talent will be a huge asset as he leads the Foundation into its third decade.”

Added Reed: “His deep understanding of music creator and development alongside his extensive networks and commitment to collaboration has already earned him huge respect across the industry and within our organisation.”